If you want an investment that goes only one way- upwards- you should consider investing in real estate. Other avenues are either low-return or high-risk ones. This means you are either stuck in an unprofitable allocation of your money or walking a thin line with potential risk of bankruptcy. You can avoid both these extremes with real estate.

Property investment is a systematic activity and you attain proficiency over a period of time. There are no shortcuts or instant solutions. Investing in real estate brings continuous cash flow in the form of rental income and capital appreciation through surge in market demand.

Here are a few tips about how to become successful real estate investing:

• Have a clear vision. What is it that you would like to achieve with property? A better home for the family, great lifestyle, peer acceptance or mere monetary gains? It is an elusive concept to begin with. But, as with everything nice, it acquires a firm footing with passing years. Your vision determines the type of properties you would pick up. Decisions made in line with your vision turn out to be profitable while a lack of clarity could saddle you with heavy financial burden.

• Be persistent. You need great patience to track the industry, compare past figures and predict the future trend. Persistence also means keeping your networking skills in top gear. You need to stay in touch with others in the industry – homeowners, developers, real estate agents, brokers and lenders. Repeat transactions make you reap rich bargains.

• Make your moves quickly. It is not enough to be a keen observer. For successful investing in real estate, you need to act and act real fast. Choose areas with growth potential and be an early bird when a large project is announced there. Watch out for interest rates and move out of high interest to low interest commitments. Sell the property just when the market is peaking. A slight delay here would mean loss of bargaining power.

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Joel Teo
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